Last week, I went to a meeting at Conway Hall on the subject of a National Investment Bank; I do get around. Conway Hall was once, for a Catholic, suggestive of dangerous freethinking; not so much now.
John Ruskin’s bicentenary is being celebrated with an exhibition in London, at 2 Temple Place, organised by that admirable and pre-eminently Victorian institution, the Guild of St George, which he established to further workers’ education. It’s still going strong.
Of all the misapprehensions under which the Church labours when it comes to catechesis, the most egregious is the notion that children somehow get more out of a sacramental preparation programme if their parents are present. Wrong.
Still going strong? The Christmas party spirit should still be in full swing until at least tomorrow, the Epiphany, and may I just point out we should remain in festive mode, in a modified fashion and a spirit of grim determination, right through to Candlemas?
NEIL MacGREGOR, known as the David Attenborough of Things since his History of the World in 100 Objects and specifically of Religious Things since his Living with the Gods, said in an interview that the popularity of Christmas is indeed proof that Christianity still infuses the culture.
J.K. ROWLING may be taking over the universe – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the latest film in her World of Magic to follow the Harry Potter ones – but quality control is another matter.
Every year, the London Evening Standard publishes a list of the capital’s most influential thousand people from all areas of activity. I had the job of thinking of 10 people who are reasonably prominent and play a part in public life. And you know, it was rather hard.